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was going to get in the race, referred the question of a montage on the best new things in the world delayed until tomorrow. renewed speculation delayed until his next speech. "the ed show" starts right now. "the ed show" starts right now. good evening, americans, welcome to "the ed show." >> in a speech just wrapped up he went on for 40 minutes about leadership, and said he didn't want to lead. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> we watch a president who once talked about the courage of his convictions, but still has net found the courage to lead.
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>> the bully from new jersey has weighed in. how will the rest of the presidential field react? tony perkins the family research council and ring of fire radio host mike are here. republicans want to privatize the post office and kill a half million ongovernment jobs. today the letter carriers took to the streets to fight back. the head of the postal carriers union is here to talk to me tonight. good to have you with us tonight, folks. i guess you could say the jokester, the showboat of republican establishment, well, just decided not to run in 2012. moments ago christie said he wouldn't jump in the field. >> you're known as a straight shooter. can you tell us what's going on here? are you reconsidering, or are you standing firm? >> listen, i'm really succinct about this. i saw something great today on the politico website, but they
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put a minute and 53 seconds of my answer strung back to back to back together on the question of running for the presidency. go to it's on the front page. i'm not going to bore you with it now. click on it. those are the answers. >> guess the question was too deep. big money republicans have begged christie to jump in because they think the kurntd field is week. they're right. it's a party of extremists bent on destroying the middle class in america and president obama. base republicans will never nominate a flip-flopper like mitt romney or a former obama administration official like jon huntsman. michele bachmann's campaign has been sinking like a rock. she said something interesting on the the stump in iowa recently. >> we can't settle on a candidate, because every four
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years conservatives are told we have to stand next to the wall, sit in the back of the room and we have to get around a candidate that we're told is electable, right? we're told the conservative is the candidate who is not electable. we're told only the moderate candidate in the race is the one electable, but that isn't true because we know that the american people are looking for their champion. they're looking for a fighter. >> bachman is right on this. america is looking for a fighter, and i'm putting my money on this guy. >> you know what? if asking a billionaire to pay the same tax rate as a plumber makes me a warrior for the middle class, i'll wear that charge. i'll wear that as a badge of honor. >> the battle lines for the ideological war in america could not be any clearer. president obama is fighting for
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the middle class and laying out specific legislation to get america back to work. republicans, well, they've got other priorities. >> i will not rest as the the president of the united states until we repeal obama care. >> i can get you a gallon of gasoline for a dime. >> time. >> a silver dime is worth $3.50. it's all about inflation and too many regulations. >> my 999 plan is a bold solution. it starts with throw out the current tax code and pass the 9% business flat tax, the 9% personal income tax, and the 9% national sales tax. >> you see, folks, the leader of the pack is just as extreme as you could say the also rands. rick perry had a horrible week, but he still has a comfortable lead in the polls. perry is more of a lock after christie's decision tonight. the kohk brothers will back
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perry. if you're a liberal, you want this battle. americans have to decide if they want a president who has 18 months of private sector job growth and plain to save america's social safety net or this guy. >> it is a ponzi scheme to tell our kids that are 25 or 30 years old today, you're paying into a program that's going to be there. anybody that's for the status quo with social security today is involved with a monstrous lie to our kids. >> no matter how radical he is, he can win the south i think better than any other candidate in the republican field. so if sarah palin doesn't jump in, paul ryan's not going to run. folks, this is the field, and i think it's going to be perry. he doesn't debate very well and stumbled the the other night trying to tell everybody that mitt romney is a flip-flopper.
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hell, we've known that for a long time. the fact is they're at the perfect time in history to get exactly what michele bachmann is talking about. a conservative that will not back down. someone that will not negotiate. someone that will appease the 19 percenters out there that some think are absolutely nuts. the fact is the southern strategy sits with the governor of texas. that's very important. north carolina just got really important. so did you, virginia. how is this all going to break down? get your cell phones out. i want to know what you think. tonight's question, should republicans settle for mitt romney as their candidate. text a for yes and text b for no. you can always tweet me your answer at he had show on twitter. we'll have the results later in the show. i want to bring in this
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gentleman, because he met with governor perry some weeks ago down in texas along with other conservative groups. the report was that they came away very impressed. tony perkins is the president of the family research council. he's a staunch conservative. good to have you with us tonight. i have always respected you because you don't mince your words and i won't either. on the heels of his announcement he's not running, who's your guy. >> there's several in the field that i think social conservatives could support. you've got, as you mentioned, rick perry and rick santorum and i think michele bachmann still has support out there, a lot of support actually. actually, i think what's going to happen, ed, and we're going to disagree on this, but i think whoever ultimately becomes the republican nominee is going to
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have strong support among conservatives because of opposition to the policies of the current president. >> okay. but a southern strategy is crucial, is it not? >> well, i think that the south has voted more and more republican and more and more conservative, so yes, i think you have -- i mean, when you look at republican primaries, 44% of -- over 44% of republican primary voters are social conservatives. so if you look at the field of candidates, every one of them, pro-life and every one supports traditional marriage, there are some marginal on the issues. they all embrace social conservative positions to one degree or another. it's important for the republican primary. >> there seems to be a narrative out there that there are some traditional republicans that aren't happy with this field.
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do you share that concern? >> no. i mean, we heard the same thing last time. as you were laying out the opening for the program, there was talk four years ago that mike huckabee was unelectable. he could not be elected, so the party went with a more moderate candidate that lost. it's interesting now in polls that if mike huckabee were in the race he would lead president obama. so that idea that someone's unelectable because they're conservative is not held up by the facts. >> is your organization going to support one of these candidates in the near future? >> not in the near future. our role here is -- >> but will you pick one? >> not necessarily. we have our values voters summit next week, and we will have a straw poll there where value voters are able to cast their vote for their preference.
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we work with all of the candidates in understanding our issues and articulating those issues. at some point we may weigh in. but it will be on down the road aways. >> many on the left think christian conservatives in the south will not vote for eye mormon being mitt romney. do you agree with that? is his faith a problem? >> i think they're looking at his policies. i do not think that evangelicals see mormonism as another brand of christianity. they do see it as a distinct faith. those focused on the theological will have problems with that. if mitt romney has the nomination, gains the nomination, i think that you would see strong support for him based upon the policies that he has embraced compared to the policies that this current president has advanced. >> the whisper campaign would not to support mitt romney? is that fair to say? >> i don't think so. i don't think that would be the case at all. i think there is going to be a strong, strong support base for the republican nominee. now, will it be stronger if it were somebody that they had a common understanding with both from a faith standpoint and a policy standpoint? absolutely. i think mitt romney's positions that he's held in the past is more of a concern to some than his mormon faith. >> who is the most conservative
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in the field right now? if you're not going to announce who you're going to -- >> i could support -- i like all the candidates. when you consider herman cain has done a great job. i like him. he's a friend. michele bachmann is a friend. rick santorum is a very good friend. >> what about huntsman? >> huntsman is a one, lone wolf that has staked out positions that are not completely embraced by social conservatives, and i think it's reflective in the lack of support he's gotten. rick perry is good. i like mitt romney. >> let me ask you finally, how disappointed are you that governor christie didn't get in this? >> i'm not. >> no big deal? >> when you mentioned the big dollar supporters he had from new york, many of them have supported soeshl policies that are in direction contradiction to the social conservative part of the party. and so i don't see that as a loss at ail. >> tony, you don't have to announce it tonight. i know rick perry is your guy. he's going to win that values voter thing you have coming up. >> i like the fact he wears
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cowboy boots. >> good to have you with us. now let's turn to mike, host of ring of fire radio show. why is christie stepping out, mike? what do you make of this? >> if you look at it right now, conservatives love -- conservatives love christie because he has the style of a governor where he chooses to victimize his opponents and beat them over the head until think submit. he's the perfect candidate. i think it's still -- the question if des moines my mind is do the republicans have such little faith. i believe this is it is. they have such little faith they can beat obama that they don't want to use him up right now. they see him as a 2016 kind of candidate. i really believe that they're trying to groom him for down the road. they know this is going to be a disaster for any republican that runs, no matter what the republicans would like to say,
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things are not so bad for obama he can't come up. he's afraid to run. they want to keep him out of the race. >> you heard tony perkins say he's okay with the field. it's no big deal that christie didn't get in. do you believe that. >> i don't believe a word of what perkins said. conservatives liked christie because he had an i.q. above room temperature. there aren't many that do in this field right now. he did have a chance in the south. you've got a problem with the mormon card where it comes to, you know, with that candidate -- >> i wouldn't confirm that. he's down-playing that. >> all you have to do is read the material from his organization. read what he has to say. in the south, the southern baptist believes that mormonism is an odd ball cult. you're left with michele bachmann, whoo is a goofier version of sarah palin than
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sarah palin. you have perry a texas aggie inco-heernt most of the time. >> but they're happy with the field. >> they have to -- herman cain, this is a guy -- he's like a bad caricature of a crazy old mr. brown in a tier perry movie. you have huntsman that has too much intelligence and sophistication for the new tea party republicans. there's no way tony perkins is happy with this field. impossible. >> thanks so much. we want you to answer tonight's question at the bottom of the screen. we want to know what you think. the republican war -- this is my hot story tonight. we didn't lead with it. the republican war on the postal service will hurt more people than you can ever imagine. i'll dismantle the smear campaign that is really going after and trying to kill a great american institution. postal workers are back fighting
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the fight. and they are protesting today. the head of the postal workers union will join me next, and we know george bush had -- he was bad for the country, but he was pretty doggone good comedy, wasn't he? that's why we need rick perry to hang in there for at least a little while. take a look at this. >> i'm bored by famine. i cannot wait for a medieval cookie, a cinnabun and save a pretzel for the gas jets. >> we'll play you the whole thing later on in the show. stay with us. we're right back. [ dog barks ] [ birds chirping ] ♪ [ mechanical breathing ] [ engine turns over ] ♪ [ male announcer ] the all-new volkswagen passat. a new force in the midsize category. ♪
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it has more employees than the united states postal service. do you know that the postal service operates more than 215,000 vehicles? the largest civilian fleet in the world? there are almost 32,000 post offices around the country. you know, small town america. got those little post offices. more than the number of domestic walmart, starbucks and mcdonald's stores combined. i mine, the postal service is big. the postal service, they handle 40% of the world's card and letter mail.
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pretty big. last year did they bring in any bucks? you better believe they did. they brought in $67 billion in 2010. remember, i want you to know this, zero. they received zero, i repeat, zero tax dollars. but republicans have been on a mission to get rid of it since
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the year 2006 when they passed an unbelievable lame duck session law. today postal workers and allies are fighting back. we'll talk to the president of the american postal workers union, and i'll tell you how it will hurt america if it survives. stay with us. so what's it going to be? eenie, meanie, miney... or more. shop less. get more. make one call to an allstate agent.
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privatizing everything is the best thing to do. today postal workers across the country took to the streets in an attempt to save the united states postal service. they are rallying, you see, in support of a house resolution bill 1351, which would help solve the postal service's budget problems created by congress. right now 120,000 jobs are on the line because of a manufactured budget crisis. i'll explain. it all stems from a piece of legislation republicans passed in 2006 in the lame duck session. hold it right there. what happened in 2006? nancy pelosi, and here come the democrats, right? before she got the gavel, they just, you know, wanted to just get after it. before they lost control the congress, the gop wanted to stick it to the workers one last time with the postal accountability and enhancement act. the law forced the postal service to prefund -- get this
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now, prefund for years to come, decades to come, 75 years of pension and health care benefits in a ten-year window. that's a hell of a lot of money. it's an enormous, unnecessary financial strain on the post office with more than $5.5 billion in payments per year. hold it right there. grab this. you're running a business, and somebody in congress just passed a law saying, well, you have got to fork out another $5.5 billion to stay afloat because we tell you you have to fund your retirement and pension for the next 75 years just to make sure you guys know what the hell you're doing. what business in america gets nailed like this by the congress? now, keep in mind what was happening in 2006? well, we had the wars going on, and they were off-budget, weren't they? you see, the republicans, they didn't want to pay for the wars, but they wanted to stick it to
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the postal service positive make sure their funded 75 years out when it comes to retirement and health care. hell, they were funding employees before they went to work for the post office. americans are fighting back. this is a tv commercial in support of the postal service. here it is. >> the postal service is critical to the economy delivering mail, medicine and packages, yet they're closing thousands of offices sxlashing service and want to lay off more than 100,000 workers. the postal service is recording financial losses but not for reasons you might think. the problem? a burden no other agency or company bears. a 2006 law that drains 5 billion a year from the revenue whale they have to pay billions more into federal accounts. congress created this problem and can fix it. >> yes, they can. because of the 2006 legislation,
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the postal service may be forced right now to cut more than 100,000 jobs. get this. the president is out on the road trying to create jobs and fas an american jobs bill, but we have legislation on the table right now that will gut 120,000 jobs with an agency that makes money if you don't put a legislative harness on them. let's also note that they're going to cancel saturday service and closing offices in rural america and destroying a great american tradition that started 235 years ago. you see, the united states postal service was created on july 26th, 1775 by the original tea partiers. but today's tea party wants to eliminate it and turn it over to the private sector. i don't think they understand what's at stake here. joining me is the president of the american postal workers union. good to have you with us tonight. >> good to be with you, ed.
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>> i need you to correct me on this if i'm wrong. doenlt be afraid of to correct me. ups and federalexpress has the postal service delivering 25% of their volume because the postal service will go places they won't go. is that true? >> that's correct. we by mandate have to go to every door in the united states six days a week. >> what happens if you're not in those small towns? what's ups and the private sector and federalexpress going to do then? >> i don't think they'll pick up the additional costs. i think if anything happens to the postal service, the more profitable areas of the country will be stripped away where someone can make billions of dollars and pay workers very few dollars with low benefits and make a lot of money. they're not going to do that in a rural area, so the federal government will be stuck delivering the mail in areas where there's no money to be
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made. it's total cost. >> you have 574,000 employees, 120,000 could be gone because of this legislation. you want americans to understand that this legislation needs to be reversed. is that what the the house bill is all about? >> the how bill frees up money, overages the post office paid into the federal government. it recognizes the fact we've overfunded our pension plans by 50 do $75 billion. it recognizes another one is overfunded by $6.9 billion. there's a lot of overages there, and all the postal service -- we want the postal service to move that money around to other accounts instead of sitting there in retirement accounts. >> it's a government take-over. the republicans are out there talking about regulation and they've laid one on the post afs service that is harnessing you big-time and costs jobs and close facilities and hurt small businesses and hurt the disabled
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and hurt poor, it's going to hurt the middle class. why? why? >> i assume they want to use that money for other purposes. if they gave that money back -- one of the main reasons they don't want to give that money back to the post office, and we're not saying give it back in whole sums but allow the credits for other areas is because if they took the money credited it to other areas it would show how underfunded the rest of the federal government is. all the government agencies funded by tax dollars, they get them and spend them and they're not putting money aside. >> no tax dollars fund the postal service? >> that's correct. >> zero tax dollars. this is going to hurt small town newspapers. this is going to hurt local jumpism and the direct mailers and small businesses big-time, the poor, the disabled. we don't care about anybody any more in country.
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it's all about making a dollar is what it is. the republicans had the wars off budget in the lame duck session of the congress in 2006, this is what the republicans stuck this country with. the beginning of the end. would you call it the beginning of the end of the postal service? >> if it goes through as some of the congressmen want it to happen and the not the way we would like it to happen, it will dismantle the postal service and have severe ramifications throughout the rest of the country. we had rallies in 500 locations. some areas had 1500 people and some areas 60. 500 congressional districts, and we estimate at a mince we had a minimum showing of 100 people average in these 500. that's 50,000 people. >> you had a great turnout, and i hope you do it again. if the democrats are listening tonight, just all of you get on board and tell the president to get on board with 1351. if you're out there talking about creating jobs and you're going to let them gut 120,000, come on, what are we doing here? cliff duffy, i have to return. >> 25,000 would be veterans. >> cliff, thanks for joining us tonight. i think i might do this story sden. michele bachmann is flashing back to the 1960s. she says terrorists are setting up shop in cuba and pointing missiles at the united states. that puts her right in the zone. this man wants president obama to raise his taxes.
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? in see co-talk tonight, michele bachmann isn't very good at history and foreign policy. bachmann said people are woerd about the rise of the soeflt union, but she doesn't let her
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ignorance stop her from wild speculation about international affairs. yesterday she was fear mongering about the a second cuban missile crisis. >> there's reports that have come out that cuba has been working with another terrorist organization called hezbollah. and hezbollah is looking at wanting to be a part of missile sites in iran and, of course, when you're 90 miles offshore from florida you don't want to entertain the prospect of hosting bases or sites where hezbollah could have training camps or perhaps missile sites or weapon sites in cuba. this would be foolish. >> no fear mongering there. of course, bachmann is way off the mark. hold it right there. if this was the case, do you
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think that president obama would be mentioning this in the media at all? she was apparently referring to an unsourced report in an italian newspaper picked up by blogs, but the report didn't mention anything about missiles. that part was a bachmann special. this tactic is nothing new for the congresswoman from minnesota. it's like when she said the hpv vaccine causes mental retardation. she hearing something she thinks can help her politically, and she just runs with it. whether it's true or not. and in bachmann's case, it's usually not true. her fear mongering about hezbollah missiles in cuba is reckless psycho talk. tonight governor chris christie says he wants to apply free market reform to education. we'll see what he really means next. tuna, eggs, doritos, cheesecake, e-mails, see you. i'll help translate that and other pearls of wisdom from texas governor rick perry. we have the video you won't want to miss. i got to figure this ou. i want to focus on innovation.
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all this week nx news is hosting education nation to foegs on this vits issue. here we want to have a frank discussion about it as we always do. this is governor scott walker of wisconsin bragging about his record on education. >> our budget, our state was unique in that we made those cuts as well, but we gave our schools and our local governments the tools to more than offset them. >> i don't know what you'd do without the tools, but over a two-year period cuts to public education in wisconsin total $1.6 billion. when cuts are calculated per student, wisconsin is the worst. according to a nonpartisan study, it's followed by new york, california, ohio, and texas. now, in the state of new jersey the state supreme court overruled cuts that governor chris christie wanted to make in the poorest districts, but he
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has more idea where is that came from. here's what he said in tonight's speech at the reagan library. >> and we would reform our k to 12 education system by applying free market reform principles to education. rewarding outstanding teachers. rewarding outstanding teachers, demanding accountability in the system. >> let's bring in randy wine garden. good to have you with us tonight. >> it's always great. >> what's free market? what's he talking about? is that code language for what? >> look, all these folks that don't actually want to spend money on education, like the countries that outcompete us, like take south korea where they're actually hiring teachers while we have actually laid off about 300,000 educators since 2008. the countries that outcompete us invest in education. when you hear somebody talking about the free market and
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competition and choice, it is their way of saying that they're not going to invest in education, and we've had actually free market theology in education for the last 20 years. choice is important. parents should have a choice to ensure that their kids have a great neighborhood school to go to. charters we've had for 20 years. some do well. about 17% of the charters in the country do well. the rest of them do either worse or the same as other public schools. let's get serious about actually investing in education like singapore and finland who actually outcompete us. >> i think charter schools, what they started out to be and what they were defined as are total dlirch the today. there is a real disconnect in this country. we talk about doing right by public education, yet we cuts toot tune of $1.6 billion and the governor of wisconsin says we're as good or better.
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how does that make sense? >> i was sitting there during the presentation at education nation, and when governor walker said that, i was just -- i couldn't believe it. wisconsin has the highest cut per student this year in the united states of america. the highest cut. this is a -- this is a state that was basically number one in graduation rates throughout the united states. highest cut. twha does that mean? it means that art and music programs are going. it means that there will be increased class size. look, i'm from new york, so we have a term in new york called kutzpah. the biggest line that governor walker said was that he gave these districts tools. he wiped out voice. he wiped out collective bargaining. he basically shifted costs so that, for example, the wisconsin the janitor, custodian that we represent who makes $24,000 is
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now paying 16% more in terms of benefits. >> all of these politicians, of course they want to reward the pro live if i can performers in the classroom, the teachers. no question about that. but it's the money. they don't want to pay anybody. they don't want them to organize. they don't want them to collective bargain. they want to cut their health care and pension and run people out of the profession about ten years of being in because teachers get sick of the damn thing. the school voucher legislation was signed into law in the state of indiana. explain the downside of these voucher programs. >> look, parents have a right to send their kids to the schools it that they want to send their kids to, and i don't begrudge any parent that wants to send a child to a religious school to have that right to do so. >> the downside of the voucher
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program is? >> the downside is in a period of time when you have -- when poverty is up, when school cuts are up, we can't take one more cent out of the public school system and divert it somewhere else. >> here's what america -- here's what i think i'm doing reading on this. first of all, the federal funds aren't coming in. the state budgets are being cut, so where do locals go to? they go to property taxes. you have economically challenged areas in the inner city. they can't go to poor people for property faxes. this is the big screw job in america. there was a time in this country in public education when the door was open and everybody was welcome. now they want to make it so the wealthy come through and get a fair shake. thank you for being part of it. we'll talk more about it as the days going on. bill o'reilly wants you to think
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he's looking out for us, but his recent whining about his taxes getting raised proves he's loongting out for himself. almost 75% of the country wants his taxes to go up. stay with us. [ male announcer ] what can you do with plain white rice? when you pour chunky beef with country vegetables soup over it... you can do dinner. four minutes, around four bucks. campbell's chunky. it's amazing what soup can do. whether it can be done safely and responsibly. at exxonmobil we know the answer is yes. when we design any well, the groundwater's protected by multiple layers of steel and cement. most wells are over a mile and a half deep so there's a tremendous amount of protective rock between the fracking operation and the groundwater. natural gas is critical to our future. at exxonmobil we recognize the challenges and how important it is to do this right. helps defends against occasional constipation, diarrhea,
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stay with us. in my playbook tonight. i think they have a winning message on taxes. it was handed to the president at a silicon valley town hall yesterday by a retired gentleman who made his millions as an executive at google. >> my question is, would you please raise my taxes. i would like very much to have the country to continue to
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invest in things like pell grants and infrastructure and job training programs that made it possible for me to get to where i am. >> how can you not notice the applause from the crowd, the audience when doug edwards says, quote, raise my taxes? new polling showing americans overwhelming support increasing capital gains taxes on millionaires, but republicans still don't get it. eric cantor's communication director went on twitter and asked if he's unemployed, what taxes? you can tell that guy never made a dollar. this guy is either ignorant or he's deliberately misleading, although doug edwards doesn't pay income tax, he pays capital gains tax on income from investments. as recently as 2009 the average income tax cut on investments were worth $32,000 to people who make more than a million dollars a year. for middle income families that
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tax cut was worth $20. joining me tonight is msnbc contributor and "washington post" columnist ezra kline. good to have you with us. the new poll shows the public overwhelmingly supporting these taxes when they're explained to them. people were asked if they support taxes those who make over a million dollars a year, the same percentage of taxes or more on their total income as those who make less than $1 million a year. how can republicans deny this support? your thoughts. >> i don't think it can be denied. in fact, i don't think anybody should be surprised by that poll. we have seen poll after poll after poll show the american people support raising taxes on the wealthy. if you look at the internals of polls, when you break it down you see a majority of republican support raising taxes on the wealthy. now democrats take that too far and there's more things to close
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the budget deficit. if republicans sort of stand up and say, if you raise taxes on the wealthy, we're going to stand in the way of that, it ain't a wins message. paul says whenever i hear republicans say class warfare, i know democrats are winning. you've seen that in recent weeks. >> didn't ronald reagan tax capital gains at the same rate assist taxable income? >> in 1986 ronald reagan signed the fax reform bill and brought it up to meet the income tax rate. it's worth noting clinton brought it back down, who lowered taxes on capital gains. there are policy reasons for this. you want to encourage more of it, and there's a lot to do with the tax code to make it flatter. that said, there's a lot with the capital gain tax cuts, hedge fund managers report their income like wage income as capital gains. they pay this 15% tax rate, where is someone who is a ceo of
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a company that makes tires pays a higher tax rate. this is something the people call the carried interest tax cut part of this capital gains issue and it's really frustrating to a lot of us. >> the top 1% income earners next year will pocket another $140,000. so i mean to average americans out there figuring this out, how can the president and democrats translate this to the american people as a winning message? how much should they pound if? >> i don't think they've had a problem with it. the polls massively support them on that. the republicans have figured out at the end of the day if they say we're going to let bad things happen if you raise taxes, we'll let the government shout down and debt ceiling collapse and all the tax cuts for the middle class and lower and working class americans expire in the middle of deep recession. then democrats fold on the tax
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issue. that's their strategy. it's not to make it more popular. >> chris christie is not in the race. that's the news tonight. what do you think? >> from twitter it seemed am bif lent whether or not he was in. half the people thought he was coming in and half thought he was coming out. tltd be interesting if entered. my take is he may find running for president difficult. whenever i watch youtube with him berating folks in the audience, that will wear well until it doesn't. he's never been under the scrutiny of a presidential campaign before, and it's aen open question how well he does under it. >> interesting point, ezra kline, always great. thank you so much. rick perry will let you borrow his kwaza cds. stay tuned for the translation. welcome back. tonight in our survey i asked you should republicans settle for mitt romney as candidate?
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60% said yes, 40% said no. coming up rick perry gets remixed. stay tuned.
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